"This lecture is essentially an overview of the life and work of Salvador Dalí. I begin by considering the painter's early life and influences and the variety of styles he tried before developing and settling on his own idiosyncratic style. Dalí came late to Surrealism and was ousted by its controlling leader Andre Breton before too many years had passed. Nevertheless Dalí is often regarded as the archetypal Surrealist. I discuss this notion but also explain Dalí's personal response to Surrealism, in particular the approach he called his 'paranoiac critical activity', one which spawned works such as The Persistence of Memory and Metamorphosis of Narcissus."